3. Steve Atwater, S, 1989
This is where things get tough. The fact that Steve Atwater checks in at No. 3 on this list shows you that there are some great first-round picks made by this team.
Atwater’s resume speaks for itself. The “Smiling Assassin” was known for his hard-hitting nature and he became a true enforcer on the Denver defense, where he played for 10 seasons. In that time, he was known as one of the best safeties in the league.
Atwater had nearly 1,200 career tackles to go along with 24 interceptions, but it was the fear he struck into opposing players that earned him the respect that he received on the field.
To this day, Atwater is the measuring stick that many safeties try to get to and certainly any safety that plays for the Broncos. He will soon be inducted into the Hall of Fame and fans will get a chance to relive his glory days one more time.
Drafted with the No. 20 overall pick in 1989, Atwater’s name is legendary in the history of the Broncos.